Prairie Public announces winners of 2017 PBS Kids Writers Contest


Fargo, ND, 4/21/2017 – Prairie Public has announced the winners of the 2017 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. More than 125 creative entries were received from children who live in the Prairie Public broadcast region, and all received certificates of participation and personalized, positive feedback.  

“Every year Prairie Public is a proud participant in the PBS KIDS annual Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of children,” said Marie Offutt, communications manager, Prairie Public. “The process of creative writing has been proven to support the building of key academic skills and to help improve a child’s self-confidence, creativity and imagination.”

The annual PBS Kids Writers Contest is an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

Sixteen stories were chosen for first place and red ribbon favorite recognition:

First Place

Kindergarten – “Trashy Town” by Cole Anderson

Grade 1 – “The Origami Friends” by Caleb Zerr

Grade 2 – “The Cool Student” by Michael Schindler

Grade 3 – “The Sea Creature Rescue” by Shelby Holthusen

Red Ribbon Favorites

Kindergarten – “The Adventures of Lisa and Larry: Berries for Babies” by Paisley Sue Staley

Kindergarten – “Little Man’s Lost Yarn” by Emily Dees

Kindergarten – “My Family Trip” by Taeliahnna Skadberg

Grade 1 – “The Night I Got Locked In at Sam’s Club” by Ellie Rossland

Grade 1 – “Leo Gets Lost” by Evelyn Krebs

Grade 1 – “The Rabbit and the Tree” by Jude Waltner

Grade 2 – “Santa’s Awesome Adventures” by William Sickler

Grade 2 – “My Dog Gus” By Annelise Wagner

Grade 2 – “What a Ride!” by Thea Thompson

Grade 3 – “The Two Coffee Cups” by Tucker Faul

Grade 3 – “The Dinosaur Friends” by Kassidy Kaldor

Grade 3 – “Sally and the Secret Potion” by Maizy Money Frey



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